Sabine Hartmannshenn

Scenic Training Opera Studio
The director Sabine Hartmannshenn studied musicology, German studies and philosophy in Cologne. She then worked as stage manager, assistant director and evening director at the Cologne Opera, where she assisted Willy Decker in many productions that she re-staged at major houses worldwide. She has also worked with directors such as John Dew, Michael Hampe, Harry Kupfer and Kurt Horres. In 1998, for example, she celebrated international success with "The Emperor of Atlantis" (Ullmann)/"The Seven Deadly Sins" (Brecht/Weill) at the Théâtre La Monnaie in Brussels. The double bill was subsequently shown in Antwerp, Liège, Lisbon and Tel Aviv. In 2002, her production of "Lulu" (Berg) at the Gothenburg Opera was voted "Production of the Year" in Sweden by the critics, and the English professional journal "opera now" called it the most worth seeing "Lulu" production of the 2001/02 season in Europe.
Sabine Hartmannshenn has directed productions in opera houses such as the Hamburg State Opera, the operas in Cologne, Bremen and Freiburg, the German National Theater in Weimar, the Kassel State Theater, the theaters in Lübeck, Bielefeld or Bern, the Linz State Theater, the Dresden State Operetta, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Houston Grand Opera or the Kongelige Teater in Copenhagen. In addition to her directing work, she also focuses on promoting young talent: for example, she held a teaching position for scenic design at the Cologne Academy of Music and is currently a lecturer for scenography in the design department at the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts as well as a lecturer for scenic teaching at the Robert Schumann University in Düsseldorf.
At the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, her production of Hans Werner Henze's opera "Phaedra" was created as a contribution to the Capital of Culture Ruhr.2010, followed by Stravinsky's "The Rake's Progress" in 2012 and Wagner's "Lohengrin" in 2014. Sabine Hartmannshenn will be responsible for teaching scenic training for the Opera Studio of Deutsche Oper am Rhein in the 2021/22 season.